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MuchBetter Takes Aim at the Multi-billion-pound iGaming Payments Monopoly

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One year on from its commercial launch, payments app MuchBetter, is announcing a number of significant milestones and figures, as it signals its intent to ‘break the monopoly of iGaming payments’, in an industry estimated to be worth £40bn. Having launched in November 2017, key highlights and milestones after 14 months include:

  • Nearly 150,000 active users worldwide – MuchBetter is now available and fully licensed in more than 150 countries worldwide, available on Android and iOS
  • 120 customers – MuchBetter is now available as a payment option across more than 120 merchant sites, with some of the biggest iGaming brands on the planet among them, including Pokerstars, 888.com, Betway, Pinnacle, LeoVegas and Lottoland, with an exceptionally strong pipeline for 2019 Q1 and Q2 with many other tier 1 operators coming on board.
  • One transactions every five seconds – MuchBetter is currently processing a payment transactions every five seconds, that’s around 20,000 per day, equalling over 7.3 million single transactions annually
  • 50,000 MuchBetter devices – In its first year MuchBetter has issued over 10,000 MasterCards and more than 40,000 NFC payment devices including key fobs, smart watch devices, smart reusable coffee cups and even smart bottles – as part of a marketing campaign with Lucozade and Transport for London
  • 40 people strong – Starting with a founding team of just four, MuchBetter now stands at 40 full-time employees
  • Multiple awards – MuchBetter was recently named Rising Star by EGaming Review Magazine and its co-founder, Jens Bader, was named one of the most significant contributors to the payments industry at this year’s PayExpo’s Payments Power 10 Awards. In addition MuchBetter was awarded Innovation of the year at the prestigious Payments Awards in November sealing a significant milestone in recognition. The company has also been shortlisted for an additional 7 awards, many of which are yet to be announced

“MuchBetter is coming to break the iGaming payments monopoly and we’ll make no apologies for that,” said Jens Bader, MuchBetter co-founder. “For too long, legacy payments providers have raised costs with each renewal, without a thought to raising the quality of their services. With iGaming operators seeking alternatives there is a fantastic opportunity for MuchBetter to swoop in and meet the needs of iGaming operators.

“And, our customers use their MuchBetter accounts increasingly outside of iGaming as well. The combination of the app with our free prepaid card, wearables and free peer-to-peer service demonstrates that our product proposition covers almost any payment situation and is well understood by our customers. I think we had a sensitive and balanced approach with an enticing B2C proposition, riding on a B2B commercial model. Let’s face it, we have driven a new, global payment service into the market in less than 14 months, without any reliance on external investment. I like to think that we have a very solid commercial model that is also viable for us in the long term, and better for operators in the short term too.”

MuchBetters key features

  • MuchBetter is available on Android and iOS
  • The app uses biometric authentication or pin numbers to make payments, no passwords or security questions to remember
  • Users can pay their contacts in seconds using their mobile number
  • The freeze card functionality means users can freeze their physical MuchBetter card within the app if it is lost or stolen
  • MuchBetter’s unique dynamic CVV (a CVV number which is randomly generated in-app) means that the card can’t be used by criminals if it lost or stolen, nor can cybercriminals steal this information, and also making any MuchBetter card transaction compliant under the strong customer authentication requirements (SCA/PSD2)

The maths behind MuchBetters commercial model

(Traditional gaming payment wallets) a player moves £10,000 from their payment wallet into their gaming account, later removes £8,000 fees are charged for £18,000 in transaction volumes

(MuchBetter) a player moves £10,000 from their MuchBetter wallet into gaming account, later removes £8,000 back to MuchBetter fees are charged for the £2000 balance only.

 

About MuchBetter:

MuchBetter, operated by MIR Limited UK Ltd, an FCA-licensed and regulated e-money issuer, is the new payments application for iGaming. Available on Android and iOS, MuchBetter make effortless online, offline and contactless payments throughout EMEA. Funds can be transferred and received in real-time and MuchBetter’s unique commercial model increases operator revenues while its anti-fraud features and use of best in class technology reduces risk.


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UNITE HERE Warns About Potential Gaming Tax Revenue Declines, Job Cuts, and Other Problems of Proposed Merger of Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment

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Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment jointly announced a proposed transaction to combine the two corporations, pending shareholder and regulatory approvals. The deal is to be based on $7.2 billion of new debt financing and $500 million of cuts and other “synergies.” UNITE HERE, the hospitality workers union, represents approximately 25,000 workers at Caesars and Eldorado properties.

UNITE HERE-represented union casinos accounted for approximately 68% of the pro forma $30 billion combined Caesars-Eldorado EBITDAR in 2018. These 22 UNITE HERE union casinos altogether include over 50% of the combined company’s total hotel rooms, over 30% of its total slots, and nearly 40% of its total table games. UNITE HERE locals are currently in contract negotiations with Eldorado at Circus Circus Reno and Isle Pompano Beach. Contracts at six additional UNITE HERE union casinos in the combined Caesars and Eldorado portfolio will expire in 2020, including four properties in Atlantic City.

UNITE HERE issued the following statement from President D. Taylor:

“UNITE HERE has had a positive relationship with Caesars Entertainment over the years, and 25,000 union members have been excited to help the company reinvest and rebuild as it recovers from the disastrous leveraged buyout led by Apollo and TPG. It is in this context that we approach the proposed sale of the company with great concern.

Yesterday, Eldorado announced cost-savings of $500 million in the first year of the combined company. Where are they going to cut? We will not stand by idly if the proposed Caesars-Eldorado transaction will lead to significant job losses, worse wages and benefits for our members, and lower state gaming tax receipts in the many communities where members we represent work and live. Casinos operating under privileged licenses are meant to create significant benefits for host communities, including family-sustaining jobs and local government funding based on gaming taxes.

We will support changes at Caesars that preserve the company’s long-term financial health and provide a sustainable path to good jobs in vibrant gaming markets across the country.”

2018, 7,700 UNITE HERE members went on a multi-city strike at Marriott hotels across the United States and won historic settlements in Boston, Detroit, San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, San Diego, and Hawaii.

UNITE HERE represents over 300,000 hospitality workers in gaming, hotel, and food service industries in North America and provides analysis from the perspective of those who work in these industries.

 

Source: UNITE HERE


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UK NHS to Open Gambling Clinic for Children

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The UK’s NHS is going to open its first gambling clinic for children.

According to the Gambling Commission, there are 55,000 children classed as having a gambling problem in Britain. The Commission also found that a total of 450,000 are gambling regularly.

“This action shows just how seriously the NHS takes the threat of gambling addiction, even in young people. The links between problem gambling and stress, depression and mental health problems are growing and there are too many stories of lives lost and families destroyed,” Simon Stevens, the NHS England chief executive said.

The move was welcomed by Carolyn Harris, the Labour MP for Swansea East, who said attitudes around problem gambling was at last shifting. “For too long the industry has dismissed problem gambling but now is the time for polluters to pay,” she said.

“The clinic will open as part of a new network of services for addicts being rolled out as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. Specialist face-to-face NHS treatment for gambling addiction has only been available in London but is being made available across the country as part of the new strategy,” NHS England said.


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Mobile Betting Bill Fails to Progress Through New York Assembly

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Senator Joseph Addabbo’s mobile betting bill has failed to progress through the New York Assembly. The legislative session saw S17 fail to progress beyond the Assembly Standing Committee on Codes.

Addabbo tweeted that he saw no clear reason why the state could not implement mobile sports betting in 2019. Failure to do so would see the state miss out on around $75m in revenue, funding for education, and both job creation and retention.

“NY will be stuck like a disabled car on the shoulder, while we allow an illegal sports betting business in our state thrive and idly watch other neighboring states pass us up with enormous revenue gains from mobile sports betting,” Addabbo said.


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